2016 NCAC Golf Championship Series

Event #1

Boulder Creek Golf Club
Streetsboro, Ohio

Hosted by Hiram College
Saturday - Sunday
April 23-24


Final Results:

Men -- Women

Event #2

Wooster Country Club
Wooster, Ohio
Hosted by The College of Wooster
Saturday - Sunday
April 30 - May 1

Final Results:

Men -- Women

 Overall Men's Results -- Overall Women's Results
 
Event #2 Recap

The 2016 NCAC Golf Championship Series concluded on Sunday (5/1) at Wooster Country in Wooster, Ohio. Wittenberg captured its seventh-straight NCAC men's title with a 72-hole score of 1,178 (296-283-298-301), while the Wittenberg Tigers also picked up their second-straight NCAC women's title with a 72-hole score of 1,280 (310-308-333-329).

In the final women's standings, Wittenberg was followed by DePauw 1,338 strokes (320-329-356-333), Denison with 1,400 (342-338-360-360), Wooster in fourth with 1,440 (348-348-374-370), Allegheny in fifth with 1,494 (383-353-377-381), Ohio Wesleyan in sixth with 1,537 (390-365-391-391) and Hiram in seventh with 1,885 (462-456-476-491).

On the men's side, the Wittenberg Tigers were followed by Allegheny in second with 1,193 strokes (288-306-307-292), Kenyon in third with 1,220 (310-293-303-314), Denison in fourth with 1,243 (313-302-311-317), Wooster in fifth with 1,256 (314-319-308-315), Ohio Wesleyan in sixth with 1,259 (300-318-321-320), DePauw in seventh with 1,276 (323-316-318-319), Wabash in eighth with 1,421 (339-351-371-360) and Hiram in ninth with 1,430 (360-344-356-370).

As league champions, both Wittenberg squads have earned the league's automatic bid to compete in their respective NCAA Division III Championships.

Wittenberg sophomore Jane Hopkinson-Wood (Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) was the women's overall Champion Medalist with 308 strokes (77-73-78-80), to go along with being named the 2016 NCAC Golfer of the Year by vote of the league coaches. In addition, the league coaches also tabbed Wittenberg head coach Jeff Roope as the 2016 NCAC Women's Golf Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.

On the men's side, Allegheny senior Jimmy Lasher (Edinboro, PA/General McLane) won both major awards for the 2016 season. First, earning the Bob Nye Award as the men's Champion Medalist after he accumulated 290 strokes (70-72-76-72) over the two championship series events combined, before being tabbed the Dick Gordin Award winner as the Player of the Year by vote of the league coaches. Finally, Wittenberg's Jeff Roope was also named the 2016 NCAC Men's Golf Coach of the Year.

Event #1 Recap

The first event of the 2016 NCAC Golf Championships Series was contested last weekend, April 23-24, at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Streetsboro, Ohio, with Hiram serving as the host institution. Six-time defending NCAC men’s champion Wittenberg leads in the team standings following Event #1 with a 36-hole score of 579 (296-283), while the Wittenberg Tigers also lead in the women’s standings after the opening weekend of play with a two-day team total of 618 (310-308). 

The second and final event of the 2016 NCAC Golf Championship Series will be held next weekend, April 30 - May 1, at Wooster Country Club in Wooster, Ohio, with Wooster serving as the host institution. The men and women will both play 36 holes over the two days, with 18 holes being played on both Saturday and Sunday.  

Following the first weekend of play, the DePauw women sit in second in the team standings with 649 strokes (320-329), followed by Denison in third with 680 (342-338), Wooster in fourth with 696 (348-348), Allegheny in fifth with 736 (383-353), Ohio Wesleyan in sixth with 755 (390-365) and Hiram in seventh with 918 (462-456). On the men’s side, Allegheny checks in at second with a 36-hole score of 594 (288-306), followed by Kenyon in third with 603 (310-293), Denison in fourth with 615 (313-302), Ohio Wesleyan in fifth with 618 (300-318), Wooster in sixth with 633 (314-319), DePauw in seventh with 639 (323-316), Wabash in eighth with 690 (339-351) and Hiram in ninth with 704 (360-344). 

Wittenberg sophomore Jane Hopkinson-Wood (Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) leads the women’s individual standings after event one with a 36-hole score of 150 (77-73) on the par-72, 5,806-yard course. Rounding out the top-five in the individual standings after the first weekend of action is Wittenberg senior Maggie Smith (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) in second with 151 strokes (71-80), DePauw freshman Larisa Luloff (Cary, IL/Cary-Grove) in third with 152 strokes (73-79), Wittenberg juniorMacy Hubbard (Mason, OH/Mason) in fourth with 156 strokes (78-78) and Denison sophomore Sophie Kollin (Farmington Hills, MI/North Farmington) in fifth with 157 strokes (76-81). 

On the men’s side, Wittenberg senior Sam Geise (Springboro, OH/Springboro) sits atop the individual standings with a three-under par 144 (72-69) on the par-72, 6,971-yard course. Allegheny senior Jimmy Lasher (Edinboro, PA/General McLane) sits alone in second with a two-under par 142 (70-72), while Allegheny senior Robby Pickett (Cincinnati, OH/Indian Hill) and Wittenberg junior Mark David Wright (Westerville, OH/Tree of Life) share the third spot in the standings with 146 strokes apiece. Four golfers share the fifth spot in the individual standings with 36-hole scores of 149, including Kenyon freshman Robert Williams (Gambier, OH/Mt. Vernon) and the Wittenberg trio of junior Garrett Brickley (Pickerington, OH/North) and freshmen Isaac Hartley (Bellevue, OH/Bellevue) and Colin Laszlo (Waipahu, HI/Punahou)

NCAC men’s and women’s champions will be determined by the combined results of both events, with each winner earning the league’s automatic bid into their respective NCAA Division III Golf Championships. In addition, both genders recognize the individual medalist from the combined events as well as the season MVP, which is voted on by the league coaches. The men’s individual champion is presented the Bob Nye Award and the men’s conference MVP earns the Dick Gordin Award.

Men's Pre-Championship Series Coaches' Poll Women's Pre-Championship Series Coaches' Poll

The first event of the 2016 NCAC Golf Championship Series will be contested this weekend, April 23-24, at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Streetsboro, Ohio, with Hiram serving as the host institution. The second event of the championship series will take place the following weekend, April 30 - May 1, at Wooster Country Club in Wooster, Ohio, with Wooster serving as the host institution.  

Wittenberg has emerged as the favorite in the 2016 NCAC men’s pre-championship series golf poll, based on balloting from eight of the nine league coaches. The Tigers, led by ninth-year head coach Jeff Roope, collected seven first-place votes to top the poll with 71 total points. Kenyon earned the final first-place vote and finished second in the poll with 62 points, followed by Allegheny (54), DePauw (50), Denison (36), Wooster (33), Ohio Wesleyan (30), Hiram (13) and Wabash (11).  

The Wittenberg Tigers, who are ranked eighth in the nation in the most recent Golfstat national rankings, enter the 2016 NCAC Championship Series with a lineup that features five golfers that have combined to post 14 top-10 individual finishes this year. Leading the charge with seven top-five finishes apiece is senior Sam Geise (Springboro, OH/Springboro) and junior Garrett Brickley (Pickerington, OH/North). Brickley saved his best round of the season for this past weekend, as he finished in a tie for fourth at Wittenberg’s own Rosencrans-Maurer Invitational with a three-under par 141 (70-71). Geise posted his top effort in the Tigers’ first event of the year as he finished in a tie for fourth in the individual standings at the Transylvania Fall Invitational with a three-under par score of 213 (70-69-74) in the 54-hole tournament. The Tigers will also be expected to get production throughout the NCAC Golf Championship series from the junior duo of Sam Stilwell (Sterling, VA/Dominion) and Mark David Wright (Westerville, OH/Tree of Life), and freshman Colin Laszlo (Waipahu, HI/Punahou). The Tigers will enter the 72-hole championship event as five-time defending champions, having won the conference title every year since 2010.

2016 North Coast Athletic Conference
Men's Golf
Pre-Championship Series Coaches' Polls
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

MEN'S GOLF
1. Wittenberg (7)
71
2. Kenyon (1)
62
3. Allegheny
54
4. DePauw
50
5. Denison
36
6. Wooster
33
7.
Ohio Wesleyan
30
8. Hiram
13
9. Wabash
11

The first event of the 2016 NCAC Golf Championship Series will be contested this weekend, April 23-24, at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Streetsboro, Ohio, with Hiram serving as the host institution. The second event of the championship series will take place the following weekend, April 30 - May 1, at Wooster Country Club in Wooster, Ohio, with Wooster serving as the host institution. 

Defending NCAC champion Wittenberg was selected as the favorite in the pre-championship series poll after collecting six first-place votes and 42 total points in balloting from six of the seven league coaches. DePauw, which won three-straight NCAC titles from 2012-14, finished second in the poll with 36 points, followed by Wooster (28), Denison (25), Allegheny (16), Ohio Wesleyan (15) and Hiram (6).

Wittenberg, under the direction of ninth-year head coach Jeff Roope, enters the 2016 NCAC Golf Championship series ranked second in the nation in the most recent Golfstat national rankings. The Tigers won five of the eight team events that they played in this season, which included a run of four-straight team titles to open the season. While sophomore Jane Hopkinson-Wood (Pottstown, PA/The Hill School) owns the squad’s top scoring average at 76.25, junior Macy Hubbard (Mason, OH/Mason) has collected individual medalist honors at three different events this season. Hubbard tied for first at both DPU’s Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic and Wittenberg’s own Pat Clouse Invitational, before earning sole possession of the top spot at the TaylorMade-Adidas Intercollegiate in Dataw Island, South Carolina, with a 36-hole score of 144 (73.71). Senior Maggie Smith (Cincinnait, OH/Sycamore) will also bolster the Tigers’ lineup throughout the NCAC Golf Championship Series as she has posted six top-10 finishes this season, including earning medalist honors at Wooster’s Eva Shorb Weiskopf Invitational with a 154 (77-77). Senior Allie Lawwill (Springboro, OH/Middletown) and freshman Chloe Bradburn (Gahanna, OH/Columbus Acad.) are expected to round out Wittenberg’s lineup for the 72-hole championship.

2016 North Coast Athletic Conference
Women's Golf
Pre-Championship Series Coaches' Polls
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

WOMEN'S GOLF
1. Wittenberg (6)
42
2. DePauw
36
3. Wooster
28
4. Denison
25
5. Allegheny
16
6. Ohio Wesleyan
15
7. Hiram
6